Copy Objects

You can create duplicates of objects at a specified distance and direction from the originals.

Use coordinates, grid snap, object snaps, and other tools to copy objects with precision.

Specify Distance with Two Points

Copy an object using the distance and direction specified by a base point followed by a second point. In this example, you copy the block representing an electronic component.Click Edit menu Copy.At the Command prompt, enter copyclip. Then select the original object to be copied. Specify the base point for the move (1) followed by a second point (2). The object is copied the distance and direction of point 1 to point 2.

Specify Distance with Relative Coordinates

Copy an object using a relative distance by entering coordinate values for the first point and pressing ENTER for the second point. The coordinate values are used as a relative displacement rather than the location of a base point.

NoteDo not include an @ sign as you normally would for relative coordinates, because relative coordinates are expected.

To copy objects a specified distance, you can also use direct distance entry with Ortho mode and polar tracking. For more information, see Enter Direct Distances.

Create Multiple Copies

The COPY command repeats automatically by default. To exit the command, press ENTER. To change the default, use the COPYMODE system variable.

Use Alternate Methods

You can use grips to move and copy objects quickly. See Use Grips to Edit Objects.

You can also select objects and drag them to a new location; press CTRL to make a copy. Using this method, you can drag objects between open drawings and other applications. If you drag with the right mouse button instead of the left, a shortcut menu is displayed. The menu options include Move Here, Copy Here, Paste as Block, and Cancel. See Embed OLE Objects in Drawings.